Crabbs Well, Wye Valley

Location: Wye Valley
Client: Private
The brief: To obtain planning permission and prepare detailed drawings for internal alterations, a new garden room extension and a separate entrance porch off the utility. The objective was to enhance and improve space and circulation routes around this traditional country cottage. The property is located within the beautiful Wye Valley ANOB and the village Conservation Area and the design needed to respect the location.
Key features:

The site is very sensitive and located in a heavily sloped location. Properties generally have terraced garden areas and many are built into the land to reduce excavation. The existing cottage has a very small staircase, which makes access in and around adjoining rooms compromised. Views of the Wye are from the Southern end of the property.

The proposed design utilised the upper terrace level for the new garden room, to take full advantage of the views towards the river. A covered area projects from the Southern elevation so that the landscape can be enjoyed in all weathers. The porch at the Northern end of the property is functional and designed to allow for covered access to log storage and protection against the weather. A new internal staircase has been cleverly incorporated into the new extensions, allowing removal of the existing which completely changes the circulation around the property.

Local properties are externally finished generally in stone, render or timber. Our proposal sought to respect these materials and specified timber clad extensions to compliment the rendered cottage, without competing.

Our role: To work closely with the Client to obtain all planning and building regulations consents and to produce the necessary drawing package and documents to support them in delivering the construction.
Timeline: Appointed April 2020, with full Planning Consent obtained in November 2020. Detailed drawings were prepared during January 2021 and construction is due to start in the summer of 2021.